But let's move beyond the easy-to-find floral vintage ones and find some statement scarves, shall we? Modern square scarves are in great condition, and you don't need to worry about them as much as you may vintage ones, especially the silk ones. I also consider them special pieces that I, personally, would spend more money on than the vintage florals I typically thrift. The vintage scarves we thrift now were once pricier, and I'd love to add unique, quality scarves to my collection that will last as long as those have!
Here are ten of my favorite modern square scarves that would be fantastic additions to a vintage look:
Plateau Florals Limited Edition Silk Scarf
J. Okuma - $200
Now, kids, this is what we call "wearable art," and it deserves the higher price tag. The scarf is a print of beaded pieces made by the artist. It's 100% silk satin and has the hand-rolled hems that we vintage lovers adore!
Silk Tea Time Scarf
Smithsonian Museum Store - $40
Hello! It's a TEA scarf! Need I say much more?! This 100% silk scarf has tea pots, flowers, and tea bags surrounding a Roman numeral clock with a definite vintage vibe. I don't know about you, but I definitely love tea enough to wear it as an accessory.
Beyond Buckskin - $15
This 20"x20" bandana features street art from Navajo artist David Sloan. It has doodle-type drawings paired with corresponding Navajo words. It's 100% cotton, comes in a lot of colors, and can add a fun edge to vintage looks. (Can't you just see it tied Rosie style with overalls?!)
Dehn Spring in Central Park Scarf
The Met Store - $55
It doesn't get better than this! This silk crepe de chine scarf is a print of a 1941 watercolor by artist Adolf Dehn. It features iconic New York architecture and ladies in fantastic hats going for a stroll in Central Park.
Feathered Limited Edition Silk Scarf
J. Okuma - $200
This is another gorgeous wearable art piece. Featuring eagle and flicker feathers surrounding a beaded motif, this 100% silk satin scarf would be an amazing, culturally-sensitive accessory that would go perfectly with vintage Western looks. There are ways to wear feathered head coverings and support the Native community, and this is it!
National Women's History Museum - $100
I include this scarf not as much for its aesthetic appeal (though some people like orange) as much as for the opportunity to be a part of something awesome. With a $100 donation to the creation of the National Women's History Museum, you'd be a part of establishing the first women's museum in any nation's capital. It's time our story was told, right ladies?!
Shandra Smith Designer Scarf
Shandra Smith - $64
Smith offers several 36"x36" scarves in her shop, and her painterly style uses bold, bright colors in unique designs. This one was one of my favorites, and you have the option of choosing which fabric it is printed on. Think of how many outfits this bright scarf could coordinate with!
La Marche du Zambèze Scarf
Hermes - $395
Okay, so with a price tag like that, this one is mostly for drooling over and staring at online. However, I thought it was especially awesome because it's part of a line of scarves formed out of a collaboration between Hermes and a South African art collective called Ardmore. The artists reinvent traditional styles, and scarves like this are the result! Pretty cool, huh?
Traveler's Eye Silk Scarf
Smithsonian Museum Store - $60
This awesome print is made of vintage postcards included in The Traveler's Eye: Scenes from Asia exhibit. It has handwriting, stamps, postage marks, and hand-tinted scenes found on the old postcards in the collection. It's 100% silk and comes with a museum provenance card!
Women Warrior Ledger Scarf
B. Yellowtail - $145
This scarf commemorates a Shoshone warbonnet dance, the only time when females don the traditional warbonnet in Plains cultures. The print is a collaboration with Native artist John Pepion and honors the young leaders of their indigenous nations. It's 100% chiffon and is made in the U.S.A.!
So which one is your favorite? If money were no object, which would you pick? Do you have any other favorite modern scarf sources?
I have not been compensated for including any of these scarves. I just thought they were awesome and wanted you to see!